The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


The next era of human development: UNICEF and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


For nearly 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a guiding force on many issues affecting the lives of children, young people and their families.  Much progress has been made in reducing preventable child deaths, getting more children into schools (including both girls and boys), reducing extreme poverty and in ensuring more people have access to safe water and nutritious food. 

However, progress has been uneven and many of the most pressing issues for the world -- including addressing inequalities, promoting inclusive economic growth, protecting children from violence and combating climate change -- were not adequately covered in the MDGs.

With the passage of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September of 2015, the world has a historic opportunity to set a course for the next era of human development that is transformational for both people and planet.  Already millions have been involved in crafting what this new sustainable development agenda will look like: governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the UN system, concerned individuals and others.  These stakeholders and others will now need to be involved in implementing this agenda so that it delivers for all children globally.  

Want to learn about the new SDGs in an easy-to-understand way?  Watch the animated video:  The Road to the SDGs: A Discussion with students.  Also available (subtitles) in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and English (for hearing impaired).  





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